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The complete collection of articles and abstracts for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal is available in the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library digital archives.

Volume 20  |  Issue 3  |  June 2011

LEGAL COMPLIANCE AND KOREA'S FINANCIAL SERVICES MARKET: A STRATEGIC APPROACH

Young-Cheol Jeong
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 483

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LABOR RELATIONS AND LABOR LAW IN JAPAN

Atsushi Tsuneki and Manabu Matsunaka
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 529

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DIVORCE AND THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD: DISPUTES OVER VISITATION AND THE JAPANESE FAMILY COURTS

Written by Takao Tanase, Translated by Matthew J. McCauley
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 563

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DIVORCE AND THE WELFARE OF THE CHILD IN JAPAN

Matthew J. McCauley
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 589

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TO PLEA OR NOT TO PLEA: THE BENEFITS OF ESTABLISHING AN INSTITUTIONALIZED PLEA BARGAINING SYSTEM IN JAPAN

Priyanka Prakash
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 607

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DEATH PENALTY SENTENCING IN JAPAN UNDER THE LAY ASSESSOR SYSTEM: AVOIDING THE AVOIDABLE THROUGH UNANIMITY

Elizabeth M. Sher
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 635

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THE PROBLEM OF ENFORCING NATURE’S RIGHTS UNDER ECUADOR'S CONSTITUTION: WHY THE 2008 ENVIRONMENTAL AMENDMENTS HAVE NO BITE

Mary Elizabeth Whittemore
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 659

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Volume 20  |  Issue 2  |  March 2011

CIVIL JUSTICE AND THE CONSTITUTION: LIMITS ON INSTRUMENTAL JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION IN JAPAN

Mark A. Levin
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 265

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THE SINGAPORE CHILL: POLITICAL DEFAMATION AND THE NORMALIZATION OF A STATIST RULE OF LAW

Cameron Sim
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 319

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INTRODUCING THE CHINA JURIST SERIES

Timothy Webster
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 355

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INITIAL RESEARCH ON THE MALFUNCTIONS OF THE CRIMINAL PROCESS

Written by Chen Ruihua, Translated by Timothy Webster
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 359

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INCENTIVES FOR CHANGE: CHINA’S CADRE SYSTEM APPLIED TO WATER QUALITY

Wyatt F. Golding
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 399

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UNJUST ENRICHMENT: AN ALTERNATIVE TO TORT LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE CONTEXT?

Aura Y. Weinbaum
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 429

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VICTORIA’S WINDOW DRESSING: HOW THE ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS ACT 1978 FAILED AT BASTION POINT

Taylor K. Wonhoff
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 455

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Volume 20  |  Issue 1  |  January 2011

EXPLAINING CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW IN NEW DEMOCRACIES: THE CASE OF TAIWAN

Nuno Garoupa, Veronica Grembi, and Shirley Ching-Ping Lin
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 1

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CHINA'S COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW: WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED AND THE GAPS REMAINING

Roda Mushkat
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 41

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REGULAR TAKINGS OR REGULATORY TAKINGS?  LAND EXPROPRIATION IN RURAL CHINA

Valerie Jaffee Washburn
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 71

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PATENT PROTECTION OF MEDICAL METHODS – FOCUSING ON ETHICAL ISSUES

Written by Yusuke Sato, Translated by Jiameng Kathy Liu
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 125

The following is a translation of “Patent Protection of Medical Methods—Focusing on Ethical Issues—,” an article written by Professor Yusuke Sato in the June 2007 issue of the Japanese periodical Annual of Industrial Property Law. In Japan, despite the lack of an explicit statutory prohibition, methods of medical treatment have never been patentable. The Japan Patent Office (“JPO”) has rejected patenting medical processes on ethical grounds, interpreting that they do not fulfill the statutory requirement of “industrial applicability” in the main sentence of Article 29, Section 1 of the Patent Act, and courts have been confirming this practice. In light of recent developments in biotechnology, this prohibition is now in question. Reforms are being discussed from the perspective that Japan’s patent system should encourage the development of new medical technology.

In this article, Professor Sato examines the underlying ethical reasons for excluding medical methods from patent protection and discusses whether they are appropriate. He compares the treatment of medical methods under the Japanese patent system to that of the European Patent Convention (“EPC”), where Article 52, Section 4 explicitly provides that medical processes do not have “industrial applicability.” He also compares the same to the United States Patent Act (“U.S. Patent Act”), 35 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. where, while medical processes are patentable, Section 287(c) immunizes medical practitioners from liability from medical process patent infringements.

After reviewing a wide range of theories, Professor Sato argues that the ethical issues surrounding Japan’s patent system should be viewed from the standpoint of whether the patent system could be socially justified and whether it would lead to industrial development. To do so, the elements of “industry,” as well as limitations of patent rights enforcement, should be kept in mind when considering patentability requirements.

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DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: INCORPORATING CUMULATIVE EFFECTS IN AUSTRALIA’S ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ACT

Jessica T. Dales
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 149

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ADDRESSING THE OVERREPRESENTATION OF THE MAORI IN NEW ZEALAND’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AT THE SENTENCING STAGE: HOW AUSTRALIA CAN PROVIDE A MODEL FOR CHANGE

Joanna Hess
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 179

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A LESSER-KNOWN IMMIGRATION CRISIS: FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

Robert J. Misulich
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 211

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AN ALTERNATIVE TO IMPACT LITIGATION IN CHINA: THE PROCURATOR AS A LEGAL AVENUE FOR CASES IN THE “PRIVATE FAMILY SPHERE” OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Hai-Ching Yang
20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 237

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